Faculty development is crucial for institutions which are becoming more student-centered and need to be more accountable to the public. As a career, it is rewarding and exciting. And yet, most people in the field entered it without proper training or a qualifying degree and have faced a steep learning curve when they were starting out.
The Institute is designed to answer questions asked by new faculty developers and to provide the resources to get them started in planning, developing, and managing programs that will be effective in strengthening teaching and learning on campus.
This research will document the land-use history and land-use economics of a Cistercian ("Trappist") Monastery near Conyers, Georgia. It will examine the flexibility of this ancient Order in making land-use decisions placed in a philosophy o f permanence, community obligations, and commitment to the Earth. This interdisciplinary project includes archeology, cultural geography, history, and religion. Methods include archival research, interviews, map analyses, and observation.